LED FLARES ARE A LAKE-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE
FOR RING OF FIRE
ITS TIME TO CONVERT TO LED FLARES INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL CHEMICAL FLARES.
It’s an easy way to continue traditions with beautiful glowing red lights while reducing the harmful impact on the lake.
- Ultra-bright LEDs
- Magnetic base securely holds flares
- Durable, reusable, multi-purpose
- 3 light modes: solid red, strobe red and flashlight
- Safe for the whole family
- No mess with easy cleanup
Find LED Flares at Wegmans. They are donating a portion of sales to CLWA.
LEARN MORE: LED FLARES
Every summer, incendiary highway flares create the beautiful red glow we know and love during the Ring of Fire. While creating an exciting fizz and bright light, they also leave behind potassium perchlorate burn-off, which contaminates the air, soil, and lake, in addition to leaving behind metal spikes that can pollute the lake.
Consider a new lake-friendly tradition this summer: LED flares.
The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association has found an environmentally sensitive alternative without compromising tradition: we invite all Canandaigua lake-side residents to join with the numerous area lakes that have taken a pledge this year to convert to LED flares, cutting down on the use of approximately 77,000 incendiary flares.
In 2017, CLWA stopped selling incendiary flares as a fundraiser to align with our mission to protect the lake’s water quality and shores from environmental hazards. Today, CLWA’s efforts have gone a step further with a special collaboration courtesy of Wegmans grocery stores.
Purchase your LED flares from Wegmans in Canandaigua.
Wegmans in Canandaigua, and in eight other Finger Lakes locations, will no longer sell incendiary flares. The grocery store now will carry a Wegmans branded LED flare that is re-useable, shines long into the night, has a flicker mode, and can be seen one mile across the lake–all without leaving a chemical residue. These units resemble traditional flares and average approximately 90 to 100 hours of run time on regular or re-chargeable +AAA batteries. Although more expensive than the chemical flares, LED flares can save money over time because they are re-useable from year to year and can be used in a vehicle or boat.
Wegmans also is donating to the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association $2.00 for every two-pack sold and $6.00 for every six-pack sold at its Canandaigua store through the end of September.
If you are buying LED flares online, recommended brands identical to the Wegmans brand flare are sold under the Twinkle Star and Wiselight brand names. As always, please consider adopting Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association as your Amazon Smile partner. Flares were evaluated for reliability, cost, availability, and marketability by CLWA members Greg Talomie and Charlie Constantino.
One more thing: Please recycle your batteries. Recycling batteries keeps dangerous materials out of landfills. Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. If released, these metals may be harmful to humans and the environment. Check with your town or trash hauler to find out if they can separate batteries that you divert from your trash.
CLWA encourages the conversion from using incendiary flares to LEDs.